Thursday, March 27, 2008

Clayton Community Big Band Presents “Crossing Over” at Spivey Hall, Apr. 28

The Clayton Community Big Band under the direction of Stacey Houghton presents “Crossing Over,” big band versions of popular tunes, on Monday, Apr. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow. The event is free and open to the public.

“In order to make the modern big band more accessible to a wider audience, bandleaders and writers have occasionally worked with popular melodies outside of the swing tradition, converting them to a jazz format,” explains Houghton. “Our program includes jazz arrangements of non-jazz melodies from the books of such bandleaders as Buddy Rich, Terry Gibbs, and Gordon Goodwin in addition to its usual lineup of standard swing.”

Performing in “Crossing Over” are the following musicians: Sorrell Carr (Jonesboro), Marcus Outler (Morrow), Michael Terry (Meansville), James Riley (Peachtree City), and Tara Adcock (Fayetteville) on saxophone; Michael Wheeler (Forest Park), Anthony G. Bailey (Decatur), Mark Lewis (Stockbridge) and Daniel Sims (Morrow) on trumpet; Doug Murray (Jonesboro), Mark Gladfelter (Ellenwood), Amy Castillo (Jackson) and Enrique Mercado (Lake City) on trombone; Stephanie Butler (Atlanta) on piano; Tony Terrell (Lake City) on bass; Courtney Tatum (Lovejoy) and Daniel Watts (McDonough) on drums; and Chris Odom (Lovejoy), Marc Agenor (Morrow) and Caleb Halstead (McDonough) on guitar.

The Big Band also presents vocalist K.J. McKinnie on two numbers that were originally arranged for the likes of Sarah Vaughan and Diane Schuur.

The Clayton Community Big Band is comprised of Clayton State music students and talented musicians in the local community. The Apr. 28 Big Band performance is presented by the Clayton State University Department of Music. For more information, contact Houghton at

If you love jazz, you may also be interested in the Apr. 23 Jazz Combo tribute to musician Max Roach (1925-2007) at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. This event is also free and open to the public.

For directions to Spivey Hall on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow, visit and select Maps/Directions.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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